On 2002-02-28 20:01, anoxos wrote:
In terms of proving or disproving the claim, how mystical do you want to get?
I've gone for a mix-and-match approach. Any claimant to the post needs two things:
1 - Documentation of their descent from the original Drac. The Captain's Council have extensive records on Drac's life and travels before & after he founded Freeport, so they can check the documents against the records.
2 - There's a magical device that contains a drop of Captain Drac's blood. The claimant must lay their hand on the device; if they're truly a descendant, there's an appropriate display of confirmation.
Now, I've decided to go with my villain being a false claimant. This way, we won't have to go through the same process of finding a real Sea Lord again when the PCs strike her down.
She's got the bases covered in both directions:
1 - She has a confederate on the Captain's Council, who forges appropriate documentation for her.
2 - Her wizard cohort breaks into the tomb of Captain Drac and steals a finger from his corpse. He then uses the Misdirection spell to attune the pirate queen to the finger, making her register as 'Drac-blooded' to the sensing device.
It's still a shaky claim, because the PCs will be making lots of noise about spells and forgeries. But the Council will go with it - because a false Sea Lord is probably better than no Sea Lord at all. The PCs will get a nasty shock when former allies turn against them in favour of the pretender - and former enemies ally with them for a short period in order to oust her.
Now I just need to think of a way to put some dinosausr in there. I was flicking through the Monster Manual, and they just kinda leapt out at me...